Early Childhood Education Conference - Presenters and Workshops

41st Annual | Friday and Saturday, April 26-27, 2019
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2019 Conference Workshops

1  ROUTINES: Valuable for All, Essential for Some
Linda Armas, Educational Consultant, Prepare Parents, LLC

Nag-no-more! Discover how the ROUTINES RULE! Framework is powerful in promoting positive behavior, stimulating responsibility, and enhancing classroom & family harmony. Explore the tried-and-true process of creating effective routines for your own professional and/or personal applications. Children with difficulties, disabilities, and disorders thrive, as their automatized routines afford them the ability to tend to unfamiliar and challenging tasks. All children will live, learn, and experience things more optimally when you implement these strategies.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

2  Red Fish, Blue Fish: Understanding Self, Other and World Through Read Alouds

Jeannette Armstrong, Doctoral Student - Literacy, Culture, and Language Education, Indiana University

This qualitative research study explored the complexities of using read-aloud literature to teach young children. This session will explore the factors that contribute to teachers’ selection of read-aloud literature and the ways in which those impact elementary students’ perception of Self, Other, and the World.
(Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

3  How Many Times do I have to Tell You?
Jean Balke, Regular and Special Education Teacher, Independent Educational Advocate

Once! As teachers, we repeat what we’ve said until we’re blue in the face, and sometimes, they still don’t “get it.” Learn how to stop the cycle of repeated requests, interrupted instruction and ultimate frustration with proven strategies that you can implement IMMEDIATELY! You'll learn how to increase time spent on academics while empowering ALL students to take responsibility for their actions and achieve success. Come learn the secret to a classroom where teachers teach and students learn!
(Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

4  Take Off Your Dancing Shoes!
Jean Balke, Teacher/Educator Trainer, Wisconsin Educator Advocate

Are you tired of dancing to your student’s choreography? Then it’s time to stop the dance and use some proven techniques that will transform your classroom. In just one hour, you will learn proven techniques that will decrease low-level behaviors, increase instruction time and systematically teach ALL students appropriate, on-task behavior. Walk away refreshed and renewed with timeless techniques that you can use in your classroom TODAY!
(Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

5  Impacts of Temperament
Lindsay Barnhart, Early Childhood Education Program Director, UW-Stout

Gain an understanding of what temperament is and how each individual child's temperament and your own temperament impacts the classroom. You will receive tools to assess temperament and learn strategies to use in your own classroom.
(Infant/toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers)

6  Music and Mental Health: Building a Strong Foundation for Early Learners
Julie Bates-Maves, Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, UW-Stout
Marcia Wolf, Senior Instructional Specialist, Child & Family Study Center, UW-Stout

This presentation will explore and discuss how the integration of music into infant and early childhood classrooms can support mental health in young children. The foundations of mental health in infants and Preschoolers will be discussed, as well as the known impact of music in the brain. Further, ideas on how to infuse such principles into early learning, with examples of music activities, songs, and lesson plans, will be included.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

7  Building Trust and Positive Relationships to Nurture Children's School Experience
Ayuko Boomer, Early Childhood Specialist, Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School, University of Minnesota

This  session will focus on ways to build positive relationships with caregivers in order to create safe and nurturing school experiences for children. A variety of communication strategies will be discussed while also addressing a variety of parental concerns that occur during the child's school experience.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, New Teachers)

8  Embracing Diversity and Individualism: An Early Childhood Education Student's Perspective
Leah Corso, Early Childhood Education Student, UW-Stout

We will be examining how society is changing and evolving and how that effects the students we teach. This workshop will offer self-reflection into our internal bias and how we can adapt our teaching and language to be inclusive for students. There will be self-reflective activities as well as classroom lessons and activities to use.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

9  And How Are The Children
Linda DeMoe, Retired Instructor/Department Chair, Chippewa Valley Technical College

We all know that there are very few things in our lives that we would classify as priceless, precious and irreplaceable. For most of us, our children fit those categories. So we must ask ourselves….and how are the children? In a world where life is often times challenging and stressful, it is critical that we make sure our children are our number one priority. Based upon years of studies and recent brain development research, we know that increasing a child’s self-worth, independence, and resiliency is significant in the process of raising a child who will be a peaceful, productive, caring and compassionate adult. This workshop will focus on what we can all do to create an emotional environment that is a safe place for a child to explore and expand their self-esteem. We will look at strategies and guidance techniques that will help to develop a strong self-worth and self reliance in the children we care for.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

10  Erase the Chaos and Stress Less! As Easy as ABC, Transform Behavior Chaos into More Time to Teach
Amanda Domokos, Educator/Advocate, RCSD

Are disruptions taking time away from your teaching? Utilizing common sense, easy to implement, research-based techniques, regain and maintain a calm, productive classroom.  Organize your classroom to maximize positive learning experiences and increase the time you have to teach. Build student relationships with helpful strategies that you can use in your classroom tomorrow!
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

11  Guidance and Challenging Behaviors
Michelle Doughty, YMCA

As young children are developing self-control, challenging behaviors can arise. Teachers will not only learn how to manage challenging behaviors within the classroom but also to proactively prevent them with appropriate interventions.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool)

12  Let's Talk Toddler
Janet Duening-Macha, Educational Consultant, Chiave Success

This training is ALL about Toddlers! How to lesson plan for this group, how to assess, how to keep them from overrunning the classroom. All kinds of tips and tricks to keep your sanity as a teacher. This session will give you some really great ideas!

13  Learning Through Experience and Hands on Fun in Preschool
Michelle Espelien, Director, Elim Preschool

Activities in the Preschool classroom need to be fun and engaging for all the children. Come and share ideas for special themes and special books, art, science, math and everyday learning. Activities in all areas of learning in the classroom as well as fun ideas for bulletin boards and family involvement. We will also talk about age appropriate activities and how to make shown activities appropriate for all Preschoolers ages 3-5. We will talk about having different expectations and outcomes just by changing a material or two. Please come and share your ideas too!
(Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers)

14  Special Themes for a Preschool Classroom
Michelle Espelien, Director, Elim Preschool

Ideas are presented for Books We Love, Art All Around Us, Special Artists We Love and more!! We do all these themes at Preschool and the staff presents amazing things for the children to learn. Come to see many new hands on activities, special books to share, art from famous and local artists and more. Child involved learning is so important to Preschool age children and the more hands-on activities we offer, the more fun the children will have and the better your day will go!
(Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers)

15  Infant/Toddler and Preschool Lab Tours
Allison Feller, Director, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Amber Eckert, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Angie Gilbertson, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Jessica Jennings, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Maggie Keenan, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Kristen Korkowski, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Kara Olson, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Laura Pitt, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Rachael Stuart, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Marcia Wolf, Senior Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Rebecca Wolf, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout

Tour the Infant/Toddler Lab and Child and Family Study Center (Preschool lab) at UW-Stout.  There will be a short informational session and the rooms will be open so you can explore and take pictures. The head teachers will be available to answer questions.
(Infant/toddler, Preschool, New Teachers, Administrators)

16  101 Ways to say "Good Job!"
Allison Feller, Director, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout

There is nothing like being appreciated and it is good for staff engagement, retention, and motivation. Staff recognition and appreciation can also create a unique program culture and can strengthen staff relationships. Join this session and understand the Five  Languages of Appreciation and how center directors/Administrators can express gratitude in a way that is meaningful to each individual staff member. Come prepared to share with others the ways you show your staff that you value and appreciate the work they do for your program.

17  Involving Parents in Your Early Childhood Classroom
Angela Gilbertson, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout

Join this session to learn different ways of involving parents in your classroom community. Parents often want to support their child's learning environment in some capacity. This session will offer suggestions on how to encourage parent interest, suggestions on how they might incorporate it into their schedule, and much more. Be ready to be part of a whole group discussion!
(New Teachers)

18  How Sensory Processing Affects Classroom Learning and Behavior
Teresa Gillen, Occupational Therapist, Points of Stillness
Allison Gilbert, Occupational Therapist, Points of Stillness

A brief overview of sensory processing and how it affects classroom behaviors and learning will be discussed. Hands-on examples of tools to affect attention and focus, reduce sensory seeking, increase positive peer interactions and improve transitions will be provided for participants to experience.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

19  Transition Songs: Moving Your Day Along
Colleen Hannafin, Owner, North Side Music

Transitions between activities can provide a positive classroom balance and can be a learning experience itself. This presentation will feature a balance of activities using songs and chants for those times during the day that you move your children from one activity to the next. From outdoor play to hand washing, snack time, circle time, and so on. Come sing and move along, while improving language skills and vocabulary, developing self-esteem and discipline, and creating a calm, orderly environment.
(Preschool, Kindergarten)

20  Resiliency Training for Emotionally Healthly Children
Ruth Harris, Director, Northwest Reading Clinic, Ltd.

This workshop will present insights, methods, materials and specific language that will enhance self-concept and promote strategic thinking. Resilience will be presented as a crucial element for emotionally healthy children and a healthy learning community.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

21  Finger Puppet Mania for All Seasons
Julie Hume, Owner, Kind Hearts Day Care
Meri Riedl, Assistant, Kind Hearts Day Care

Finger puppets are a very important tool to have when engaging with children during circle time. They teach children colors, numbers, sequencing, repetition, and letters. In our session you get to see a LARGE assortment of finger puppets that we have made and use with our children in our program daily. You will leave our session with lots of new five fingered songs to teach your children in your program. At the end of our session there will be a make and take where everyone will get a chance to make their own finger puppet. Please bring your own white glove to the session and the rest will be provided. Also we will have our fun stencils again.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers)

22  Learning Family Child Care Style
Julie Hume, Owner, Kind Hearts Day Care
Carol Whitcomb, Assistant, Kind Hearts Day Care

Experience activities that we use throughout our day, from circle time to the learning centers we have throughout our program. Bring a pen or pencil to trace our famous stencils we use daily for our arts and crafts.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

23  Integrating S.T.E.A.M. into Literacy
Maggie Keenan, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout

What is S.T.E.A.M and how do you integrate it into literacy in a Preschool classroom? Answers to those questions will be presented in this session. Discover different ways and techniques you can incorporate both topics into one in fun and purposeful ways to keep children engaged all school year long.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool)

24  Common Core Math Practice Standards in Grades K-2: Problem Solving and Math Tools
Brian Klapperich, First Grade Teacher, School District of Elmwood

In this session, attendees will explore using the Common Core Math Practice Standards of Math Practice 1 (make sense of problems and persevere in solving them) and Math Practice 5 (use appropriate tools strategically).  Attendees will gain knowledge of tools such as Rekenreks, ten frames, and 100 bead frames  and how to use them effectively. Students enjoy learning to solve math stories in a more concrete way.
(Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

25  Do you Hear What I Hear? The Powerful Voice of the Male Early Childhood Teacher
Jill Klefstad, Professor, UW-Stout
Lindsay Barnhart, Early Childhood Education Program Director, UW-Stout
Dyland Lubs, Early Childhood Education Student, UW-Stout
Andrew Gilles, Early Childhood Education Student, UW-Stout

This presentation will include marketing ideas for recruitment and retention of males in early childhood education based on data collected from studies. Specifically the objectives of the session will provide:

   a. Key benefits for children, both boys and girls to have male caregivers present in their lives.
   b. An overview of the dispositions male teachers use to engage children in learning.
   c. Specific examples of transitions and classroom management techniques that support   the top dispositions.
   d. Summary of responses of participants to the following questions:
        1. As a male, why did you choose early childhood education?
        2. What are the rewards and benefits of being an ECE teacher?
        3. What are the pitfalls to being an early childhood teacher?
    e. Ideas for recruitment and retaining men in early childhood education.
(Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

26  Read-it-Again - Literacy Curriculum for Young Dual Language Learners

Theresa Kohlmeier, Early Childhood Education Department, UW-Stout

In this workshop, the importance of dual language development in bilingual children is discussed including the features of bilingual development for literacy instruction. Research based recommended practices for early literacy with Spanish-English speaking Preschoolers will be shared. The READ IT AGAIN Pre-K! Dual Language Learners literacy curriculum will be provided.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers, Administrators)

27  Signing with Preschoolers
Dawn Koplitz, American Sign Language Interpreter

American Sign Language (ASL) is a language that can be used in some degree, by all people, and is used 100% of the time by an estimated 500,000 in the U.S. It's used by many parents to start communicating with their child before spoken language emerges. As a visual language model, you will create brain connections that wouldn't have otherwise been created. Come learn some signs you can incorporate into your early learners setting.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)


28  Amping Up Dramatic Play!
Kristen Korkowski, Lead Teacher, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Becky Wolf, Lead Teacher, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout

Dramatic Play is so much more than ‘dressing up.’ It is incredibly important for a child’s language development, social skills, ability to problem solve, etc. We understand that creating enriched dramatic play areas from scratch can be a daunting task- but fear not! This presentation will provide several theme examples as well as simple, cheap, and effective ways to extend your dramatic play areas to most benefit your children!
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool)

29  Protecting Children with Food Allergies at Preschool and Childcare
Susan Krahn, Public Health Nutritionist, Eau Claire Health Department

Preschoolers and young children with food allergies are at highest risk of an allergic reaction while at childcare centers or school. Over 60% of reactions at school occur in Preschool and daycare settings. Preschool and early childhood educators will gain a foundation of knowledge to manage food allergies, avoid exposure to allergens and to recognize and respond to food allergy emergencies. An overview of the following topics will be offered: * Food allergies 101 * Recognizing and treating allergic reactions * Food allergy management * Preparing and serving food  * Educational resources for children & parents.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool)

30  Childhood Loss & Bibliotherapy: Using Children's Books to Help Kids Talk About Grief
Kate Kramschuster, Academic Librarian, Educational Materials Center, UW-Stout
Julie Bates-Maves, Associate Professor, Clinical Mental Health Counseling, UW-Stout

Kate and Julie will combine their expertise to help attendees understand the nature and impact of loss in children and what we can do to support them. The role of children's books in helping children process their experiences and emotional reactions will follow. A range of losses will be discussed including divorce, bullying and broken relationships, death (both human and pet), illness, and moving/relocation. Attendees will be introduced to children's books around such topics and be given tips on how to use them with both large and small groups. Discussion around classroom use vs. therapeutic use will also be included.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

31  Wondering About a Workshop in a Kindergarten Classroom?
Holly Larson, Kindergarten Teacher, Sparta School District
Kyla Mansek, Instructional Coach, Sparta School District

Join us for an overview of a reading and writing workshop in a Kindergarten classroom. In this session we will share our experiences with the workshop model, including the format and scheduling all the components. You will see ways to organize teacher and student materials along with reading and writing tools. Assessments and small group work will be also be discussed. We'll add many helpful tips along the way.

32  Strength-Based and Relationship-Focused Strategies to Guide Children to Success and Happiness
Shari (Cheryl) Larson, Certified Parent Coach, Anu Family Services

In this presentation, we will look at relationship-focused strategies to support children who have intense pain-based behaviors that don’t always seem like they’re pain-based. We will explore trauma and what happens physiologically to children in stressful situations. We will discuss what human needs children are looking for from their care providers. I will introduce you to 10 strength-based Tenets of Present Moment Parenting. We will explore strength-based techniques and strategies to support children in their present moment success in school, on the playground, in transitions or any setting involving children.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

33  Working with the Children Who Challenge Us, Double Session
Debra Lawrence, Educational Leader, Administrator, Faculty Member and Consultant

Children come into our programs with a vast array of experiences. Understanding the function of behaviors that challenge us and recognizing the forms that these behaviors manifest can assist in determining the best strategy to teach replacement behaviors. This session helps participants identify the cause of challenging behaviors, provides several strategies for working with these behaviors, and teaches preventive instead of reactive measures, so all children are successful.

34  Lost Opportunities: How Teaching Interferes with Learning, Double Session
Debra Lawrence, Educational Leader, Administrator, Faculty Member and Consultant

The purpose of early childhood education is to provide opportunities for children to acquire the dispositions of learning required for all aspects of success. This session brings to light the unintended consequences of teaching and provides strategies for increasing learning in your classroom.

35  Make Space for Toddlers! The Art of Creating Purposeful, Engaging, and Oh So Appropriate Toddler Environments
Jamie Lynch, Early Childhood Education Instructor, WITC - Rice Lake

Discover practical ways to transform your classroom into a meaningful space that will enrich, guide, and support the toddlers in your care. A variety of ideas will be shared to help you create an interesting, calming, and welcoming environment. Tips will be included on effective room arrangement, furnishings, lighting, sound, organization , activities, color and more!

36  Developing Habits of Mind: Thinking in a Preschool Classroom
Fay Maas, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota – Duluth
Jeffrey Maas, Lead Teacher, Preschool at the Park, University of Minnesota - Duluth

Habits of mind are a composite of social, emotional, and cognitive behaviors that lead to effective learning and problem solving. Preschool teachers play an important role in helping children discover, practice, and generalize habits of mind. This interactive presentation will examine the commonalities and distinctions between teaching habits of mind rather than teaching curriculum alone. We will describe how simple “number play” and “word play” evolves into highly complex thinking about mathematics and communication. We will also examine the roles teachers play in managing and understanding this complex, emergent learning environment. It is our contention that teachers must reinvent the lens through which they view learning. We will share the “lens” we are developing in the hope that others may find it useful.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

37  Moving into Spring and Summer with Music and Books
Fran McKinney, EC Music Specialist/Author/Songwriter, Screen Porch Music

Young children are active and full of wonder. Let's explore together ways to engage them in learning through music, movement, manipulatives and books. Each child is unique and using visual, auditory and kinesthetic activities it is possible to engage a variety of learners. Sing a book to a child and it becomes a whole new experience. Dance or move in a circle and the group becomes one. And the basics of early learning become fun, for your students and for you! Come join us as we move our way into Spring and Summer!
(Infant/toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers)

38  Over-Stimulation or Under-Stimulation? Creating a Balance for Nurturing Young Brains!
Deborah McNelis, Owner/Author, Brain Insights

Young brains are far from being developed enough to handle all that occurs during everyday life. Children’s brains need a balanced amount of stimulation. Balance is extremely important, because both over-stimulation and under-stimulation create stress. This presentation creates an understanding that leads to reducing stressful effects on young developing brains. Ways to reduce stress levels during your day is quite simple. Having the knowledge of the benefits is invaluable. When you implement these significantly important understandings, your days will be much smoother and you absolutely will be helping children thrive!
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, New Teachers, Administrators)

39  Help Your Most Challenging Kids Succeed
Samantha Moe, Certified Parent Coach, Mad2Glad

Do you wake up dreading the toughest child in your class? Kids who are impulsive, controlling, and have emotional outbursts that escalate quickly tend to have a highly reactive “fight or flight” stress response. Discover the “3 C’s” to calm intense behavior and give you the confidence to handle the toughest situations. Rooted in neuroscience, this practical approach from the Mad2Glad Blueprint is proven to be effective with Autism, ADHD, Sensory Processing Disorder and Trauma. Walk away with a positive approach to help you enjoy work again!
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

40  Crisis Response for Early Childhood Programs
Sara Mulso, Early Childhood Director, Woodbury Lutheran Preschool

As an early childhood program, you are entrusted with the care of very young and vulnerable children. While all programs have in place routine safety practices, it can be scary and overwhelming to consider how we begin to really plan for crisis response in early childhood programs. Join us to learn clear strategies in how to approach this and what to consider. Sara will share her unique background as an early childhood educator who also has over 15 years of experience in crisis response and risk management at a university level. You will walk away with tools and ideas on how your program can be more effectively prepared to plan for those “what-ifs”!

41  Screening of film, No Small Matter, followed by discussion. Note: this is a double session.
Dipesh Navsaria, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, UW-School of Medicine & Public Health

This session will be a screening of the new documentary, No Small Matter, the first feature film exploring early brain science and early education. We've never had a way to look into a baby's brain before. What is going on up there is rocket science! This a not-to-be-missed event!

42  FUN-tastic Phonemic Awareness Activities
Amber Osterman, Kindergarten Teacher, Osseo-Fairchild School District
LuAnn Neuenschwander, Kindergarten Teacher, Gillett School District

Learn activities to teach and reinforce critical beginning reading skills, while your little ones think they are just having fun. We will focus on ways to include sensory, game play, and other hands-on activities into your phonemic awareness curriculum while addressing the standards. Your kinders will be begging for more!

43  Building Morale without Blowing the Budget
Jane Pierzina, Owner/Director, Sunshine Learning Center

With finding quality staff getting increasingly hard, we will explore ways to keep the great employees you have happy and wanting to come to work every day. This presentation will include a variety of tried and true ideas that build morale within the entire staff.

44  Cooking Counts
Laura Pitt, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Amber Eckert, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout

We will be showing you easy snacks that we have made in the classroom, that go with our themes. Slicing, dicing, spreading and threading are just some of the ways our children help to create these delicious snacks.
(Preschool, Kindergarten)

45  ADHD Tools & Techniques for Young Children
Judith Richardson-Mahre, Licensed Associate Marriage and Family Therapist, Partners in Parenting

ADHD is a highly hereditary disorder. If you or someone you know has ADHD, it's likely that one or more of your children will have it as well. We will discuss what ADHD is and how you can set up your home and classroom to help support children with ADHD and give them a good solid foundation for success.
(Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

46  Songs, Movements and Lessons to Promote Early Literacy
Randy Sauer, Jammin' Randy

Children are naturally interested in music and movement. Music and movement is more than just singing and dancing! Research shows that daily exposure to music also provides cognitive and social-emotional benefits. Combined with movement, music helps promotes health and wellness plus language and literacy development. Join Award Winning Children’s Singer/Songwriter, Randy Sauer, with hands-on music and movement activities that will have children in your classes dancing, singing, and learning, while improving health and emotional well-being.
(Preschool, Kindergarten)

47  Ants, Butterflies, Bees and Ladybugs, Oh My!
Terrie Schmoldt, Reading Teacher, Math Interventionist, Advanced Learner Teacher and Presenter, Evansville Community School District

Don’t be afraid of insects, become an entomologist! Learn a little about the insects, see some great resources, make some fun projects and take ideas back to use in your classroom. Bring a friend to explore, plan, laugh and learn with!
(Preschool, Kindergarten)

48  Bubbles 101
Terrie Schmoldt, Reading Teacher, Math Interventionist, Advanced Learner Teacher and Presenter, Evansville Community School District

Are you ready to get your hands wet and participate in bubble experiments? This is a hands-on, hands-wet, participatory session of fun and exploration as we conduct a plethora of bubble experiments.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

49  From Storytime to Snack Time
Rachel Stuart, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout
Kara Olson, Instructional Specialist, Child and Family Study Center, UW-Stout

Cooking with children can teach a wide variety of skills from various domains; social/emotional, mathematics, science, and language. We will be sharing several story time and snack time ideas that we love to do with children. Come and explore how to expand your story times into healthy and delicious snacks!
(Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers)

50  Environmental Education for the Pre-K Program
Katherine Sundeen, Head Teacher, UMD’s Preschool at the Park
Biagio Nigrelli, Assistant Teacher, UMD’s Preschool at the Park

Join two Outdoor Educators and participate in environmental education activities that will teach you how to bring environmental education into your Preschool program. This session goes outside, so grab your wellies and raincoat as we practice what we preach. Kathy and Biagio will discuss activities that can be adapted to any Pre-K program regardless of space or setting. As well as, common barriers educators face when opening our doors to an outside learning lab. When the session ends all participants will receive a pocket book of environmental education curriculum and great resources to start your exploration of nature with your students.

51  Effective Interventions: Therapy, Games and Activities to Nurture Young Children experiencing Adverse situations
Sapna Thapa, Associate Professor, UW-Stout
Shehrish Thapa, Mental Health Counselor, Portland, Oregon

The presentation will share information that will help educators and parents recognize behavior issues in children who may be experiencing trauma due to adverse situations. The workshop will provide several games and activities that can be utilized by teachers and parents as effective interventions that will help both children and their carers to confront challenges posed by adverse experiences.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

52  Bots for Tots
Sylvia Tiala, Associate Professor, UW-Stout
Kevin Mason, Associate Professor, UW-Stout

Learn to combine story time and logical thinking by using the Cubetto - a small wooden cube that follows directions. During this interactive workshop you use will learn how to use action blocks to create a simple computer program using the Montessori-approved Cubetto system. Read a story, place action blocks in a story board, and watch your Cubetto go! Cubetto teaches the basics of computer programming and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills to children without the use of a screen or the need to read. This session will help early childhood educators introduce learners to logical thinking and computer coding using graphic tiles and stories. See the video: https://tinyurl.com/botsfortots
(Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary)

53  Circle Time on Parade and Transition Tips
Julie Torkelson, Retired Early Childhood Teacher

Circle time should reflect the needs and interests of your children. Improve your children’s cognitive and social skills with fun-filled activities that promote early literacy skills and math concepts, language development and cooperation. Get some new ideas for transitional activities that you and your children will enjoy.
(Preschool, Kindergarten)

54  A Lifetime of Survival - The Six Skills of Survival for Young Children
Shayna Torres, Provider Services Specialist, Early Learning Coalition of Orange County

During this presentation participants will learn the six survival skills that are critical to a young child’s development. These six skills of survival includes, attachment, belonging, self-regulation, collaboration, contribution, and adaptability. In this presentation we will talk about each skill and what they may look like both developed and underdeveloped.  Attachment is be referred to the bond that a child has to his/her parent or Primary caregiver. A child that has a secure attachment accepts help and comfort from adults.  Belonging is referred to as the feeling as if one is a part of a group or situation. Children who feel like they belong are those who freely navigate in the environment and show confidence in interactions with others. Self-regulation is the ability to manage your own feelings, thoughts, and behaviors. Children who have the ability to self-regulate are those who can separate their emotions and behavior. Collaboration is the ability to work with others in many different situations. When children collaborate, they can work in a team to create a product or an outcome. Contribution is knowing that you play an important role in life and that you are responsible for yourself along with others. When a child contributes to a certain task he/she must know what is expected of him/her. Adaptability is having the ability to adjust to everyday changes. A child who has the ability to adapt may show that he/she can transition smoothly.
(Preschool, New Teachers)

55  Brain Architecture and Development in Early Childhood
Tracy Jacobson, Early Childhood Education Instructor, WITC - New Richmond
Jamie Lynch, Early Childhood Education Instructor, WITC - Rice Lake
Nora Ulland, Early Childhood Education Instructor, WITC - Superior

During this session we will discuss the importance of positive early childhood experiences for brain development. Participants will have the opportunity to explore these concepts by creating their own brain by playing "The Brain Architecture Game". The Brain Architecture Game "is a tabletop game experience that builds understanding of the powerful role of experiences on early brain development– what promotes it, what derails it, with what consequences for society" (The Brain Architecture Game, 2017, para. 1). Participants will receive important handouts on brain development and early experiences.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)

56  Child Led: The Answer to Power Struggles
Shawna Wilde, Business Owner/Speaker, Raising Stars Child Care

In this presentation we will discuss the importance of power for young children. How to create a classroom that is child led, child directed and child initiated. A hands-on play focus will help participants see that real emotion led experiences will lead children to a more balanced foundation of learning.
(Preschool, Kindergarten, New Teachers, Administrators)

57  Triangles, Rectangles, Circles, too, Letters and Numbers, Look What you can Do! Early Childhood STEM!
Mary Yankosky-Amtsberg, Kindergarten Teacher, Upper Merion Area School District

This hands-on workshop will allow participants to explore the tenets of STEM within the early childhood classroom, as well as how to create and integrate STEM activities using developmentally appropriate practices. During a “make and take” portion of the session, shapes, letters, and numbers will “come alive” and will allow participants to immerse themselves in and experience firsthand, multi-disciplinary, multi-sensory developmentally appropriate STEM activities.
(Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers)

58  Make your own personalized 12-month Perpetual Creative Curriculum
Tabitha Zimmer, Owner, Sturgeon Lake Clubhouse Daycare
Amanda Zimmer, Helper, Sturgeon Lake Clubhouse Daycare

Approved, ready made - make your own personalized curriculum. All of your required information is already added, you only need to add your own materials that you have laying around the house. Once you have collected your data and entered in your information, you can use this perpetual, at-a-glance curriculum year after year. A lot of work in your first year will pay off for the future years. No more wondering what you need to do year after year.
(Infant/Toddler, Preschool, Kindergarten, Primary, New Teachers, Administrators)


Early Childhood Education Conference
Friday and Saturday, April 26th and 27th, 2019

Are you interested in presenting at the 41st Annual Early Childhood Education Conference at University of Wisconsin-Stout? The call for presentations is open! Please click on the link below to apply.



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  • Early Bird rates are valid until 12:00 midnight on Sunday, April 1st, 2019. 
  • Group rates are for 3 or more participants from the same organization. Please contact Denise at wysockifreebergd@uwstout.edu or 715.232.5022 for assistance in registering groups.
  • Student rates are for fulltime students attending any higher education institute.
  • The 2019 Early Childhood Education Conference has been approved for .5 CEU’s (continuing education units) per day of conference.
  • The 2019 Early Childhood Education Conference is listed with the MN Center for Professional Development and The Registry (Wisconsin).

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